Join the acclaimed historian at the Royal Family’s Norfolk retreat, plus enjoy wonderful scenic journeys by rail and paddle steamer

Famous for its wide skies, glorious coastline, serene rivers and crimson-red poppy fields, Norfolk is the perfect place to stop and enjoy the view. It's somewhere life moves at a slower pace: even the Royal Family come here to unwind. Add in the nostalgic pleasure of travelling along heritage railways and you have all ingredients of an unforgettable trip. There are no fewer than three different railway journeys and a cruise on a paddle steamer included on this wonderful short break, with ample time to explore delightful Norfolk destinations such as Wroxham, Horning and Cromer.

However, what turns this five-day tour from special to extraordinary is the chance to meet and hear from the brilliant historian Dr David Starkey. Fascinating, incisive and never afraid to speak his mind, Dr Starkey will give an exclusive talk to readers about 'Sandringham and the Modern Monarchy', before joining you on a visit to the Royal Family's famous country retreat.

"The British monarchy is ancient but The House of Windsor - which turned an autocratic German dynasty into a homely English family - is barely a century old. One building more than any other symbolises the change: Sandringham House in Norfolk. It's the cosiest, most ordinary and least palatial of palaces. I look forward to taking you round this much-loved, slightly battered place where the modern monarchy was born."

David Starkey

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Dr David Starkey
Historian

Dr David Starkey is one of Britain's leading historians. He has written a host of acclaimed books on British history, on subjects ranging from the Magna Carta and Henry VIII to histories of the English monarchy through the centuries. Often outspoken, Dr Starkey is also an accomplished public speaker and broadcaster. His TV documentary series include The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Monarchy with David Starkey. Readers who join Dr Starkey on this tour will receive a complimentary copy of Crown & Country (one per booking), his fascinating survey of the British monarchy.

Price includes

  • Four nights' half board accommodation in Holiday Inn Norwich North
  • Talk, Q&A and Sandringham tour with Dr David Starkey
  • Copy of Dr Starkey's Crown & Country (one per booking)
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager
  • Steam train journey on the Bure Valley Railway
  • Journey aboard the Bittern Line

Availability

From
Thu, Thu, Jun 4, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Jun 8, 2020
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£575*
* From price based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single room supplement: from £120. Please note: we cannot guarantee that all rail journeys will be steam hauled. This trip is exclusive to Mail Travel and other selected media partners. Our travel partner, Arena Travel, is ABTA-bonded.
From
Wed, Wed, Sep 16, 2020
To
Sun, Sun, Sep 20, 2020
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£575*
Sold out
* From price based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single room supplement: from £120. Please note: we cannot guarantee that all rail journeys will be steam hauled. This trip is exclusive to Mail Travel and other selected media partners. Our travel partner, Arena Travel, is ABTA-bonded.
From
Thu, Thu, Sep 24, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Sep 28, 2020
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£575*
* From price based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single room supplement: from £120. Please note: we cannot guarantee that all rail journeys will be steam hauled. This trip is exclusive to Mail Travel and other selected media partners. Our travel partner, Arena Travel, is ABTA-bonded.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Norfolk
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Bure Valley Railway and Mississippi Paddle Boat
    Aylsham, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    The Bittern Line, the Poppy Line and Cromer
    Cromer, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Sandringham with Dr David Starkey
    Sandringham, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Depart
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Holiday Inn Norwich North

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Holiday Inn Norwich North , United Kingdom

Comfortable four-star hotel and restaurant in stunning North Norfolk

Located to the north of Norwich, this hotel is a great base for exploring the stunning North Norfolk coast and its villages and picturesque harbours. Guest rooms are well appointed over three floors including standard, executive rooms and suites, some of which overlook the courtyard garden. All 121 bedrooms and bathrooms have recently gone a refubishment and include comforts such as 24-hour room service, TV entertainment, pillow menu, bathroom amenities, iron and ironing board, work desk, high-speed internet connection, on-site car parking.

The Health & Leisure Club features a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and spin room. The new Open Lobby offers an all day menu until 11pm. With the restaurant open for breakfast from 5am and dinner from 6pm daily. Our bar offers Starbucks tea and coffee and is open to all. Free car-parking for guests using the hotel facilities for up to 3 hours.

In the bright and modern Open Lobby and Restaurant, full English breakfasts are served from 5.00 am and the dinner menu includes baked Camembert, lamb rump, pan-roasted seabass and a tabbouleh salad.

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Availability

From
Thu, Thu, Jun 4, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Jun 8, 2020
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£575*
* From price based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single room supplement: from £120. Please note: we cannot guarantee that all rail journeys will be steam hauled. This trip is exclusive to Mail Travel and other selected media partners. Our travel partner, Arena Travel, is ABTA-bonded.
From
Wed, Wed, Sep 16, 2020
To
Sun, Sun, Sep 20, 2020
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£575*
Sold out
* From price based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single room supplement: from £120. Please note: we cannot guarantee that all rail journeys will be steam hauled. This trip is exclusive to Mail Travel and other selected media partners. Our travel partner, Arena Travel, is ABTA-bonded.
From
Thu, Thu, Sep 24, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Sep 28, 2020
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£575*
* From price based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single room supplement: from £120. Please note: we cannot guarantee that all rail journeys will be steam hauled. This trip is exclusive to Mail Travel and other selected media partners. Our travel partner, Arena Travel, is ABTA-bonded.
Call now to book 01858582715
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